Costlier Commute to NYC?

Do you commute to NYC?  A tax on New York City commuters may be getting new life.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget director spoke at a City Council finance hearing Monday and said he and the mayor are eager to lobby again for the tax, particularly in tough economic times for both the state and city.

Republican state lawmakers recently said they oppose any attempt to revive the tax, but a newly Democratic-controlled state Senate might mean the proposal gets another chance in January.

Commuters who live outside New York City had the tax on their city earnings for 33 years. It generated as much as $360 million a year for the city before it was eliminated in 1999.


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